Ask the Care Specialists

Welcome to our 'Ask the Care Specialists', your one-stop portal for social care-related questions. Our team of specialists will try to answer as many of your Social Care questions as possible.

Is it necessary to have a separate controlled drugs cabinet in addition to a locked medication cabinet?

Is it necessary to have a separate controlled drugs cabinet in addition to a locked medication cabinet?

I understand you are a supported living or domiciliary care provider and as such controlled medication should be risk assessed taking into account whether the service user can administer this themselves or will need support.

Supported living schemes should work with service users in a way that meets their individual needs and the manufacturer's requirements. Medicines should be stored in a service user's own home, rather than centrally. Care staff should store controlled drugs safely and consider the risk of misuse or diversion. These medicines do not need to be stored in a separate controlled drug cupboard.


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Have you got a social care question that you just can't find the answer to? Our team of sector specialists are here to provide you with easy-to-understand top tips on a wide range of topics, from dementia, mental health to employment law or every day operational queries to help you deliver outstanding care.

Our specialists will try to answer as many of your questions as possible, giving priority to frequently asked questions and questions regarding current events and trends. To learn more about the team visit: https://www.qcs.co.uk/team/

Please note that our specialists cannot offer answers to matters requiring legal advice. If your matter concerns a specific service provider, please contact the CQC. If your query relates to someone who is at risk of harm or in danger you must follow your local safeguarding procedures.







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